- A dog that is bred as a cross between a dachshund and a Welsh corgi.
“I framed the cover of ‘Vanity Fair’ featuring Queen Elizabeth and her corgi and two dorgis.”
“My neighbor has a litter of dorgi puppies, but I can’t bring home another dog.”
“As a dorgi comes from two short dogs, it can have extremely short legs.”
British English, 1970s
Why this word?
The name “dorgi” may not seem as regal as that of the King Charles spaniel, but this breed, which is a cross between a dachshund and a Welsh corgi, has extremely close ties to the British monarchy. Queen Elizabeth II was famous for her love of corgis, as she bred at least 14 generations of the dog from one gifted to her on her 18th birthday. However, she also bred dorgis, beginning by pairing one of her beloved corgis with Pipkin, a dachshund who belonged to Princess Margaret. When the queen was in her 90s, she stopped breeding dogs, telling people she didn’t want to leave any behind after she was gone. Her last two dogs were dorgis, named Vulcan and Candy.
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